Interview with Kerry Farrance, Oxfam Australia, Melbourne, Day 2 of Intersections
Which sessions have you attended today?
- When is it welfare and when is it development
- Don’t flat line your baseline
- Policy Update for community health workers.
General Impression of the sessions?
Facilitators have been great. Many of the partners really engaged and we had some very lively discussions. For example, around community health worker policy – there was debate around whether health services be delivered by community or government. While there was no consensus there were strong debates on both sides and it seems that people who were very engaged in that debate will take the discussion further among themselves.
The welfare/development debate
The importance of welfare activities to address immediate needs stands out – while we do longer term work. At times we forget this and have a negative attitude towards providing ‘welfare’ type services – in some ways it seems that these types of services are an investment in the short term for longer term gains.
What do you think most participants got out of the session on baselines?
I think it gave participants much to think about. It is often hard for us to look beyond the immediate – to look at the end results which are often so far off from the time at which you start a program. This seems even more of a challenge when you are working around HIV and behaviour change – things take time and it not easy to always anticipate what to measure up front.
Reflections on the broader process of the meeting thus far.
Lots of very interesting discussion is taking place and this has been a good opportunity for staff and partners across programs and across affiliates to engage together in issues. It also raised different perspectives on the same issues and this is an important process.